What is Activist Art? Sophie Stevens interviews Cathy McIlwaine and Gaël Le Cornec

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Abstract

This debate on activism illustrates the diversity and richness of contemporary language activism taking place within schools, universities and community groups. It brings together activists including artists, academics and teachers who work collaboratively across institutions, sectors, disciplines, countries and languages with the aim of transforming approaches to language teaching and research. This debate is significant because its scope is wide-ranging. The contributors advocate for the teaching and learning of languages and share practical models for doing this; these include exploring heritage languages and connecting university students with language learners in schools. However, this advocacy entails more than just promoting languages and reiterating their importance. The work carried out by the contributors demonstrates the essential relationship between language and activism and how this has an impact on approaches to teaching, research, the production of knowledge and the processes of making art. As a result, the interventions that follow illustrate that if we want to understand, participate in and create activist practice then we have to explore, question and recognize the role that language plays in activism today.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage Debates
Subtitle of host publicationTheory & Reality in Language Learning, Teaching and Research
EditorsAna de Medeiros, Debra Kelly
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherJohn Murray Press
Pages185-192
Number of pages8
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781529372267
ISBN (Print)9781529372250
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Activism
  • Language
  • Debate
  • Teaching

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